Mandela Recovers From Surgery, Continues Improving, Doctors Say

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who was hospitalized for two weeks last month, has recovered from surgery and a lung infection and continues to improve, the government said today.

After last month’s operation to remove gallstones, Mandela, 94, continues receiving care at his home in Johannesburg and is gradually re-establishing his daily routine, South Africa’s president’s office said in an e-mailed statement today. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has made steady progress, his doctors said, according to the statement.

Mandela, who became the country’s first black president after the all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994, was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 8 to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection and discharged Dec. 26.

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